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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in USA - Zone 5a regions)

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  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best kept separate
  • Horseradish leaf
    Horseradish leaf

Horseradish is grown from root cuttings. If you know someone who has it in their garden, just one piece of root will start off for you.

Dig a deep hole and refill with compost as the horseradish has a long taproot. Plant it and then leave it alone. Apart from constant wet or cold, horseradish will grow in any part of the garden.

Horseradish is an aggressive grower and will quickly take over the garden. It will also grow well in a deep container or sink an old bucket in the ground to prevent spreading. Otherwise, remove all the plant when you harvest it and save one piece to replant.

Can be planted in early Autumn or Spring

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Horseradish

Strong, spicy flavour traditionally used with roast beef.

Used grated for horseradish sauce or horseradish cream

Your comments and tips

17 Feb 17, geoff (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
where can i buy, i'm not far from durban
18 Feb 17, (Australia - temperate climate)
Bridget Kitley Herbs in Stellenbosch list it in their range. They may post a bare rooted plant wrapped in damp newspaper and plastic. Contact them on 07 9407 2209 or email: . Trust this helps.
16 Feb 17, Kim (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Lifestyle, Johannesburg (011792 5616) has a few Horseradish plants at the moment - I just bought 2
16 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I love horseradish with beef. The plaants can spread rapidly in good conditions so unless you want that plant them in a very large tub on top of the ground or sunken to just below the rim. Good water supply, and plenty of old manure will yield you tender flavousome roots. Mulching thickly will conserve water. TAll the best!
14 Feb 17, Catherine Thomson (Australia - temperate climate)
Do you have a good recipe for Horseradish sauce (pretty hot). I have it growing very successfully in a large deep (about 3 ft or 1 metre tall) pot next to the parsley and mint. I would like to make a sauce or cream which is spicy and with good keeping qualities. Many thanks for your interesting page.
17 Feb 17, lowan nyols (Australia - arid climate)
use a microplane and grate the horserash into creme fraiche with a little lemon zest . perfection
16 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I have only made a smooth, semi creamy sauce so can't help you with a recipes. Try Googling 'horseradish sauce recipes', you will find plenty. Trust this helps.
06 Feb 17, Sue (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it best grown in full sun or shade
08 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Horseradish will grow in full sun or part shade. It is a very hrdy plant and will spread rapidly in good conditions. To contain it you can plant it in a large planter pot and sink the pot into the ground. Horseradish loves damp conditions and in this situation will produce the best roots but will still do well with less water. Trust this helps
18 Jan 17, Peter (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Any one in the Pretoria region, contact me if you want horseradish plants/root. Peter:-
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